Oliver is a licensed trainer for both flat and national hunt, having trained point to point for 6 seasons and now is in his 5th season with a full license. Oliver previously gained a vast amount of experience in the racing industry, not least five years employment at Mick Easterby’s yard and a short spell with Sir Mark Prescott.
During his time as a jockey he won the Men’s National Point-to-Point Championship in 2007/8 when he recorded a record 56 winners in points and is a past Amateur Jockey’s Association title holder under rules were he rode a total of 78 winners and 42 in one season.
He retired from race riding on the last day of 2014/15 point to point season at Umberleigh with a winner on his last ride He has had plenty of success in the point to point field including a fantastic treble at Bangor on Dee and getting beat a neck in the Aintree Foxhunters with Cool Friend.
Oliver is fortunate to have an experienced hard working and enthusiastic team to support him:
Josh joined the yard in 2016 having spent 3 years as assistant to Dan Skelton and before that as pupil assistant to Victor Dartnall. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his time in racing. He was with Dan Skelton from the start so is very used to the setting up stage and will be a very valuable help. He was also a successful amateur and so is a huge help day to today schooling and riding work as well as helping Oliver communicating with owners and race planning. Josh is coming into his fifth season with us and will soon be doing his trainers course and will soon joining Oliver on a dual licence and as we grow this should help us continue to progress.
Dan has been at the yard full time for over seven years now having worked at the yard for a few years during school holidays and weekends. He is a key part of the team on the yard, at the races and doing a fantastic job updating social media, the website and giving the owners a weekly update.
He has previously spent time in Newmarket at Sir Mark Prescotts which will have opened his eyes to a different environment and has brought the skills he picked up there back the Stockton Hall.
Dan will now take over as Assistant Trainer when Myself and Josh go on to a joint licence.
Cai has previously been with local trainers including Donald McCain and Gary Hamner. He is a great addition to the yard having previously held a conditional jockeys’ licence whilst with Donald. He is a great asset riding work and schooling and will continue to ride in Point to Points.
He is now taking up the head lad role which he will be fantastic at and we are delighted he has accepted the role.
Kerry joined our team in March 2018 after graduating from Northern Racing School, she has a good attitude towards work and rides well and has integrated into the team well. She has already taken on plenty of responsibility and will continue to go racing where she does a great job and turns out her horses extremely well.
Kerry is now assistant travelling head girl.
Ross joined the team in October 2017 as the conditional jockey and has ridden plenty of winners for us over the past 3 seasons and will continue to get more rides for the yard. He is a great asset at home schooling and riding work and is very friendly and pleasant to have about.
Lydia also has previous experience in racing having worked at Ed De Giles and Donald Mccain and has slotted well into our daily routine and is good around the horses and has brought plenty to the team.
Lydia has had a summer at Tom Dascombes which would have been a great experience and has recently got her flat amateur licence and we look forward to getting her a ride on the track.
Steve is the head yard man here at Stockton Hall and has been for a while now and is a massive part of the team and has been for many years and has very few days off!
Toby started full time in 2019 at Stockton Hall after riding out on Weekends and school holidays for a couple of years. He had plenty of success pony racing when younger and has been riding in point to points and on the track as a amateur the last few seasons.
He will have one more season riding as amateur before hopefully going conditional for us.
Leighann has been working for us since 2019 and is a great member of the team. She is very good with the horses and a really valuable person to have on the yard at all times. Shes very good at helping assist the vet when needed too and will hopefully soon be working afternoons too which will be a massive help.
Having worked in a flat yard previously, Emily is a good work rider and turns the horses out to a very high standard at the races and also when riding out at home.
Having worked for many yards cat is a great asset to the yard. She is a very talented rider and has great husbandry skills and all her experience riding comes in to great use as well as general experience around the yard.
Jack has worked for many years for Donald McCain and is great team player always keen to get stuck in and help in any way. He is a good work rider and a great person to have around here at Stockton Hall.
Alice joins the yard as racing secretary, she runs all the syndicate and corresponds with all owners.
Andrew has a wealth of experience after working for years at Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton and is a great person to have around the yard and very good at bringing the youngsters on and is very experienced rider.
Connor has previously worked for Denis Hogan in Ireland and more recently been working for Gary Hamner and is a very good rider and schools the horses plenty and its great to have him join the team.
Amy has been around horses for a long time and is good with the horses on foot and when riding them, its her first time working in a racing yard but has fitted straight in to the team and is a confident rider and is another great addition to the team.
Paddy has been coming in a few times a week for a few years now and brings a boast to the team every morning he is in and aswell as riding his own horses he is involved in he is a massive help to us all the time and rides in charity races himself.